Parmesan Crusted Cod

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This Parmesan Crusted Cod is a flaky white fish topped with a crunchy Parmesan and breadcrumb topping with a light lemon zest.

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Finished parmesan crusted cod on a plate with steamed broccoli
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If you’re looking for a delish 15-minute meal, this Parmesan Crusted Cod is the winner!

We were asked to review a Good Chop box (it’s a meat subscription plan where a box of meat is delivered to your door every month – read more about it here) which came packed with all kinds of great cuts of meat, including 6 perfectly sized servings of Pacific cod.

The recipe that came to mind was this Parmesan crusted cod, which I’ve been making for years. It was the perfect way to test the quality of the cod.

I’m really pleased to say it turned out great. You’re going to love this recipe.

Why Choose Cod

We’re always trying to add more fish to our diets and this recipe is a great way to make everyone happy. Cod is both easy to source and easy to cook. It’s a nice white flaky fish with a mild taste.

Add this lemony Parmesan breading to the top of it and it’s a huge hit. The flavors are fantastic, and you can serve it alongside just about any side dish. It’s particularly good with a potato side dish.

Good Chop is a great place to get your cod because it’s:

  • Wild-caught on U.S. coasts or raised in U.S. farms
  • No antibiotics, additives, or coloring, ever
  • Sustainably harvested

When you’re shopping for fish, make sure it’s sustainable and preferably wild caught.

Finished parmesan crusted cod on a plate with steamed broccoli

Ingredients You’ll Need

This cod dish is crusted with Panko bread crumbs and Parmesan, which gives it a really nice flavorful crunch. You don’t need a lot of other ingredients. It’s a really quick topping to mix up.

  • Panko bread crumbs – the larger crumb is nice to have here because it’s crunchier and airier than smaller breadcrumbs.
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese – a high-quality cheese that you grate yourself will add so much flavor.
  • Lemon zest – just a dash of zest goes a long way
  • Garlic powder
  • Fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil

How to Make Parmesan Crusted Cod

Preheat oven to 400° F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon mat.

Pour the olive oil into a bowl. Add the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, garlic powder, parsley, salt and pepper. Toss to combine, until wet crumbles form.

Bowl of parmesan topping

Season the cod fillets with salt and pepper. Set them on the baking sheet. Spoon the breadcrumb mixture onto the fish, packing it down lightly with the back of the spoon.

Uncooked cod fillets with parmesan topping

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the topping is lightly browned.

Cooked cod fillets with parmesan topping

How to Perfectly Cook Cod

Fish can be tricky to cook. There’s a fine line between undercooked and overdone. It can become rubbery after 145° F, so you don’t want to leave it in for too long. Since all fish is cut in different ways and different thicknesses, the best way to ensure you don’t overcook the fish is by using a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the fish.

Pull the fish out of the oven when it reaches 140° F. Carry over cooking will bring it up to the perfect temperature of 145° F.

Can I Reheat Cod?

Cod, and all fish, is difficult to reheat. You want to make sure to cook it at a low temperature to just warm it through, and not add too much heat that will over cook it.

The best way to reheat this cod is in the air fryer, if you have one. Put it on 325°F for 4-5 minutes to reheat and crisp it back up.

Finished parmesan crusted cod on a plate with steamed broccoli

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Finished parmesan crusted cod on a plate with steamed broccoli

Parmesan Crusted Cod

This Parmesan Crusted Cod is a flaky white fish topped with a crunchy Parmesan and breadcrumb topping with a light lemon zest.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 142kcal
Author: Laura

Ingredients

  • 4 cod fillets approx 5 ounces
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400° F (200°C).
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon mat.
  • Add the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, garlic powder, parsley, salt and pepper. Pour the olive oil into a bowl.
  • Toss to combine, until wet crumbles form.
  • Season the cod fillets with salt and pepper. Set them on the baking sheet.
  • Spoon the breadcrumb mixture onto the fish, packing it down lightly with the back of the spoon.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the topping is lightly browned.

Notes

Cook the cod until the center reaches 140°F on an instant-read or meat thermometer.

Nutrition

Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 317mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 1mg

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Finished parmesan crusted cod on a plate with steamed broccoli

One thought on “Parmesan Crusted Cod

  1. Nancy says:

    5 stars
    Made this for dinner last night and loved it! Best cod we’ve ever eaten! Loved the freshness that the lemon zest brought to the fish. I might have added a little extra garlic powder.

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